Elon Votes! hosts ‘Political Party’ to kick off fall semester

The student organization is also hosting four debate watch parties and encouraging students to host their own small debate watch parties while continuing its voter registration and voter education efforts.

Elon Votes! is gearing up for this election season with a range of events designed to increase awareness about the importance of voting and to boost voter education efforts.

On Wednesday, Sept. 2, the organization hosted “A Political Party” at Speaker’s Corner, with organizers available to answer any questions regarding voter registration and absentee ballots.

Cate Podell ’22 with Elon Votes! stressed that voting is important for everyone, especially this year. Elon Votes! is encouraging students to register to vote, and has provided information about voter registration deadlines and tools for students to verify their voter registration on their website – www.elon.edu/vote.

“It’s your civic duty, it’s how you make your voice heard in this country,” Podell said. “It is a privilege that as citizens of the U.S. we have.”

Elon Votes! offers access to TurboVote, a tool that guides students through the voter registration process and to request an absentee ballot, if needed. Through the end of August, Elon ranked among the top 10 colleges and universities in the country for total voters registered, with 473 new voters registered to vote.

Elon Votes! will be hosting four debate watch parties this semester on the first floor of Moseley and RSVPs will be required. Masks will be required for all attendees and physical distancing requirements will be in place.

The debate watch events will be held:

Elon Votes! is also encouraging students to host their own small debate watch parties.

They will be hand-delivering goody bags with microwave popcorn, candy, Elon Votes! swag and gift cards, Podell said.

“We’re just really trying to get the whole community really engaged for this election season because it’s a big one,” Podell said.